I know it’s been awhile since I had my weekend trip in SF (ahem like a month ago), but this is a long overdue post I wanted to share with you all before I forget! One of my close friends is getting married this September and Vegas seemed to be far out of the picture for her bachelorette, so SF it was! Which btw is an awesome spot for the more chill bride who isn’t too fond of the nightlife scene. We were only there for about 3 days (hooray for 530 am flights…), but we tried to squeeze in as many activities and good food as we could! So I’ll be sharing some spots that I think is worth checking out, whether you’re on a bachelorette or just a weekend trip!
If you like food… then YES! They’re known for their Asian influence and bomb brunch. Some things I tried there: the Ribeye Omurice (A MUST) and the Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast (a little heavy for one person, so share!). Some other dishes that my friends loved was the Crab Benedict and the Millionaire Bacon. We went on a Friday morning and it wasn’t that crowded, so try going early on a weekday morning to avoid the crazy lines.
Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center
If you’ve never been to SF, then the Welcome Center is a nice spot for some awesome views and pictures of the bridge! But mind you, tons and tons of tourists. We didn’t spend too much time here since we didn’t want to bike across the bridge.
Pier 39/Fisherman’s Wharf
Crowded yes, but still worth it in my opinion to check out if you’ve never been. It’s just one of those super touristy and fun spots you have to stop by. And if you get the chance, stop by Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze! It’s a pretty cool mirror maze that doesn’t take that long to get through, and it’s only $5! This is also where you can find the sea lions, but be aware that they’re gone for most of the summer 🙁
The View Lounge
Totally worth it! Located in the Marriott Marquis, it’s a lounge, yes, but they actually allow underaged kids in, so it’s not just 21+. It gets SUPER crowded especially for the seats next to the window, I was with a larger group so it took us some time and scoping out until we finally got seats next to the window! And if you’re feeling brave enough, you can befriend a group near the window to give you a heads up of when they leave so you can take their spot (what we did)! I would highly recommend going around sunset.
Ferry Building Farmers Marketplace
Think Pike Place Market in Seattle and Chelsea Market in New York, or just any cute little market! Filled with lots of cool and unique shops, good coffee/drinks and good food! If you go on a weekend, you’ll be able to catch the farmer’s market as well!
CALLING ALL MY ICE CREAM LOVERS! This is a must in my book. Not just a place where you’re going to find your standard French Vanilla or Cookies and Cream, but you’ll also find a ton of unique flavors inspired by the owner’s childhood in Hawaii. They sell pops and sandwiches (I think only through their ice cream truck), and in the store they sell a variety of unique and fun flavors, with vegan sorbet options as well! Some of my favorites were the Japanese Milk Coffee, Ume and the Matcha with toffee.
Apparently this is the City’s first and only indoor miniature golf course. Aside from their crazy and unique course, it’s actually housed in a historic Victorian building that served as a mortuary for many years. The engineers of this course did their best to preserve many of the building’s historic elements and did an amazing job! As creepy as it is, it’s still a lot fun and a great group activity-plus it’s only $12 for adults!
If you grew up watching the Full House series, then this is kind of a must (for the ‘gram mostly lol). It’s just a nice open little park to sit back and take a little break from all the walking. Not my first choice for a park to chill at. I would definitely recommend Dolores Park if you’re looking for better views and somewhere to have a little picnic!
Guys, I don’t normally crave or like pasta at all, but this place changed me… Ok kidding but really, if you’re craving Italian/pasta in the city then come here! They make all their pasta in house and by hand; we all had different pastas and I’m telling you, everything was so good! Pizzas were also good and filling since the pasta portions are on the smaller side.
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
I first heard of this bakery from their famous “Cruffins” and of course their instagrammable pink neon sign hehe. My favorites were their cruffins and cookies, I wasn’t able to try some of their savory stuff but that’s definitely a must for next time! The lines aren’t as crazy as they once were and things don’t sell out within an hour of opening anymore, so coming a bit after opening is fine. But expect lines regardless!
Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine
The best Thai restaurant in SF? My friends and I think so! Not just your typical pad thai and green curry restaurant, this is definitely one of the most unique and genuine Thai restaurants I’ve ever been to. Ok yes we ordered the pad thai, but they offer plenty of unique dishes like their Hai Yat fried chicken! Oh and if it’s your birthday or a special occasion (like a bachelorette) they come out performing a traditional song with mango sticky rice!
Bernal Heights Park
For the views, WORTH IT! It’s a decently sized little park with amazing views of the city everywhere you look. There’s also a cute little swing further up the park (for the ‘gram). We went during the day, but I can only imagine what it looks like at night.
I mean if you’re in California then why not! It was a great way to end our trip with a California staple. I personally think their fries taste like cardboard (lol), but I learned that you can make them a little crispier by asking them to make your fries “light-well”, or “well-done” for an extra crunch! And everyone knows about the “Animal style” burgers/fries, if you don’t… Google it!!
This barely touches everything I wanted to do and try in the city, but I will definitely be back for more good food! Would love to know your fave spots in the city in the comments below, hope you enjoyed!!
P.S., I CANNOT WAIT TO CELEBRATE THIS BEAUTIFUL BRIDEEEEEE!